Grief-and-Depression350-webDepression is real, and if you are fighting it you are not alone. Depression seems to have been the bane of many of life’s great leaders. In the Bible, Moses, Elijah, David, and Job all had to deal with it. In the secular world, Sir Winston Churchill used to call depression his ‘black dog’, and Ernest Hemingway referred to it as ‘the artist’s reward’.

President Abraham Lincoln battled depression and suicide all his adult life. There were times when for his own safety Lincoln would not allow himself to carry a knife, for fear that he would hurt himself, or worse. Read about Lincoln turning to the Bible to relieve his depression. Let the Scriptures help you just like they have helped so many of us. Sometimes depression can be a purely spiritual thing, read this – Depression Is a Spirit – It Must Be Fought with the Word of God.

Depression is the physical and emotional result of hopelessness – the ‘feeling‘ of hopelessness. We live in a world devoid of hope, and depression is the emotional product of that reality. The only thing that will actually change one’s life sufficiently as to destroy the cause, mechanics, and effects of depression is God’s hope and His word of hope. The answer is to get God’s hope back inside of you.

Hope will let you again see the ‘future positive possibility’ of your life. Without seeing it you will have no motivation or strength. The good Word of God, and the good word of others to you, can change the outlook and condition of your heart. Fight for God’s outlook with all you have. Fight it with the Word of God. (Also, confess the scriptures on Hopelessness.) Anyone who is among the living has hope.

God’s hope encourages, motivates, and keeps you on the road to faith, peace, and victory. And if you suffer from deep ongoing depression, get help. And please read this – Helping Others Is God’s Prescription for Depression. Send me a comment, we love you and we want to help you. You are important and you have value. You are not alone. With God’s help, you will climb out of this hole.

Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down (depression), but a good word cheers it up. Proverbs 12:25 Holman Christian Standard Bible

These scriptures on depression will give you hope and will build your faith. Confess and meditate on them to win the fight against depression. The key is not losing Hope. Allow the hope of God to seep back into you. Remember, there is a real Person (God) behind each and every one of these promises. He promised them to you for a reason – to help you.

Deuteronomy 31:8 – The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.

Deuteronomy 33:27 – The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.

2 Samuel 22:17-22 – He sent from above, he took me; he drew me out of many waters; (18) He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them that hated me: for they were too strong for me. (19) They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the Lord was my stay. (20) He brought me forth also into a large place: he delivered me, because he delighted in me. (21) The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness: according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me. (22) For I have kept the ways of the Lord, and have not wickedly departed from my God.

2 Samuel 22:29 – You are my lamp O Lord; the Lord turns my darkness into light.

Ecclesiastes 9:4 – Anyone who is among the living has hope.

Psalms 9:9 – The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.

Psalm 27:14 –  Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

Psalm 31:22,24 – You heard my cry for mercy when I called to you for help… Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.

Psalm 34:18, 19 – The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. (19) A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all.

Psalm 37:23-24 – If the Lord delights in a man’s way, he makes his steps firm; though he stumbles, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.

Psalm 43:5 – Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God.

Psalm 55:22 – Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.

Psalm 62:5 – Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him.

Psalm 126:5 – Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy.

Psalm 143:7-8 – Answer me quickly, O Lord; my spirit fails. Do not hide your face from me or I will be like those who go down to the pit. Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I’ll lift up my soul.

Psalm 147:3 – He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

Psalm 145:14 – The LORD upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.

Proverbs 12:25 – Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down (depression), but a good word cheers it up.

Isaiah 26:3-4, Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusts in Thee. Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength. (Perfect means complete. If I keep my part of the promise by staying steadfastly focused on the Lord Jesus Christ, He will keep His promise to give me His perfect peace. See also Philippians 4:6-7 below)

Isaiah 35:10 – And the ransomed of the Lord will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away

Isaiah 40:31, But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Isaiah 53:4 – Surely he took up our sicknesses and carried our sorrows.

Mark 9:23 – Everything is possible for him who believes.

Romans 4:18-22  – Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, so shall they seed be. (19) And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about a hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb: (20) He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God. (21) And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able to perform. (22) And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.

Romans 15:13 – May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

II Corinthians 7:6-7  – Nevertheless, God, that comforts, those that are depressed, comforted us by the coming of Titus; (7) And not by his coming only, but by the consolation wherewith he was comforted in you, when he told us your earnest desire, your mourning, your fervent mind toward me; so that I rejoiced the more.

Philippians 4:6-7 – Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

James 4:8 – Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

James 4:10 – Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

2 Peter 2:9 – The Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials.

1 Peter 4:12 – Dear Friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you.

1 Peter 4:13 – But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed

1 Peter 5:7 – Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Read how Lincoln Turned to the Bible to Manage His Depression and other articles: Scriptures Against HopelessnessScriptures Against WorryNew Testament Scriptures on Faith & BelievingDo God’s Promises Cover What You Want?

Comments

  1. Praying for you! In God there is Hope and joy unspeakable! Continue to seek him. God Bless!

  2. LWANGA DANIEL(SOLDIER IN/OF CHRIST)
    Please pray for me lam also am passing through Alicia’s situation but mine is worse even addiction to lust fullness desires have consumed my life . Ever since i finished my high school last year 2017 my father/step mom had said to me if males reach 18 years have to find their home .but now i have no where to turn life is hard brothers and sisters,the most interesting part but sorrowful is people come to me asking for help because they see a gift in me of preaching the gospel ,i preach to my friends although every has lost hope&faith in God saying he does not even exist.ever since became born again i have seen many mountains,storm and darkest situations in my life. the scripture has even become true of what the apostle Paul said in Romans 2:17-24 preacher preaching but can not preach to him self.i have sometimes wondered why bad things happen to people who really what help from Jesus our lord. i have tried but still the holy spirit has talked through friends and other ways that my gift is preaching the gospel i don’t know your calling but Jesus says in Mathew that “first seek the kingdom of God and every thing shall be added onto you” friends. pray also to broken families like of father ,my little bro went way from home discouraged and hopeless i feel and fear now i may end up like my brother and others in our family.the devil used our father to stir hatred among his own family and step mom in performing witchcraft at home. now am working at a certain job which can not even afford for living of one person in two days here in Uganda my country.please pray to all believers in Christ in all round the world ,wickedness in spreading so fast like from Australia now days.but what i know the voice of truth always says to me not surrender even if trials come although some times being offended in talking the truth because it seems am liar to word of GOD of which i preach surely sometimes i don”t reveal the word or because it convicts me being guilt of my situation .
    ” Never surrender no matter what .Don”t go to GOD looking things for your own satisfaction because we will acquire nothing from this life”
    Peace,love be to you in the name our lord Jesus Christ our only savior Amen.

  3. Please pray for me lam also am passing through Alicia’s situation but mine is worse even addiction to lust fullness desires have consumed my life . Ever since i finished my high school last year 2017 my father/step mom had said to me if males reach 18 years have to find their home .but now i have no where to turn life is hard brothers and sisters,the most interesting part but sorrowful is people come to me asking for help because they see a gift in me of preaching the gospel ,i preach to my friends although every has lost hope&faith in God saying he does not even exist.ever since became born again i have seen many mountains,storm and darkest situations in my life. the scripture has even become true of what the apostle Paul said in Romans 2:17-24 preacher preaching but can not preach to him self.i have sometimes wondered why bad things happen to people who really what help from Jesus our lord. i have tried but still the holy spirit has talked through friends and other ways that my gift is preaching the gospel i don’t know your calling but Jesus says in Mathew that “first seek the kingdom of God and every thing shall be added onto you” friends. pray also to broken families like of father ,my little bro went way from home discouraged and hopeless i feel and fear now i may end up like my brother and others in our family.the devil used our father to stir hatred among his own family and step mom in performing witchcraft at home. now am working at a certain job which can not even afford for living of one person in two days here in Uganda my country.please pray to all believers in Christ in all round the world ,wickedness in spreading so fast like from Australia now days.but what i know the voice of truth always says to me not surrender even if trials come although some times being offended in talking the truth because it seems am liar to word of GOD of which i preach surely sometimes i don”t reveal the word or because it convicts me being guilt of my situation .
    ” Never surrender no matter what .Don”t go to GOD looking things for your own satisfaction because we will acquire nothing from this life”
    Peace,love be to you in the name our lord Jesus Christ our only savior Amen.

  4. Patrice when I accepted Jesus in my life, all hell broke loose, believe me when I tell you there has been so many times that I’ve wanted to give up. Tragedy happened, my husband walked out three months after the tragedy, my daughter became depressed and has struggled with college and her life. How many times have I wanted to leave and give up. But this makes me think more about God and how he didn’t abandon us when He asked the Father to take the cup, instead He said “let your will be done, not mine.” What I’m saying is the when the heat goes up, pray more, pray louder in your house, I believe that when blessing are coming, the enemy will try everything to make you give up and walk away, turn against God, DON’T LET THE ENEMY WIN, FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT OF FAITH. REMEMBER, THAT IN A BLINK OF AN EYE, GOD CAN CHANGE OUR CIRCUMSTANCES. BELIEVE TO RECEIVE!

  5. I pray in Jesus name for my daughter who is going through depression, I pray for everyone going through depression, may God heal my daughter and all others through the hope and promises in Him through Jesus Christ, Amen.

    1. Angie, remember that depression is a tool of the devil, please help your daughter keep faith and become stronger to resist!

  6. TO FATHER GOD BE ALL HONOR GLORY AND PRAISE. BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST JESUS KEEP OUR MIND STAYED ON HIM, AND HE WILL BRING US THROUGH, JOHN 10 VERSE 10. WITH FATHER GOD ALL THINGS R POSSIBLE, JOHN 14V 1, 2. GREATER HIS HE THAT HIS IN ME, THAN HE THAT HIS IN THE WORLD. LET US STAY PRAYED UP IN CHRIST JESUS. THE PEACE AND LOVE OF FATHER GOD, JESUS CHRIST AND THE HOLY SPIRIT REST AND ABIDE UPON EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US.

  7. In His Name

    I was encouraged by your awesome prayer when I feel like having a pity party and I do have them. I think about Jesus and His Finished work and His precious blood, His Grace.I feel better and sometimes ashamed Jesus paid a dept He didn’t owe and we owe a we can never pay. I pray the precious blood that never loses its power over you all In Jesus Name Amen.

  8. It’s hard to have or keep faith when it seems as if every single promise of HIS is concealed from you. I grew up in church got serious about GOD last August and my life has been down hill ever since. When I was doing it myself I never went without struggled or had a care in the world life was perfect but I didn’t want to chance dying and going to hell so I got baptized.Since I got saved and started living right everything that can happen has happened. I pray study and profess HIS word and promises tithe fast everything and my life is crap. Most days I wish I was dead. At this point I’m starting not to even believe in GOD. The only two reasons I’m still here is because I don’t want anyone raising my kid and if there is an actual hell I don’t want to go there for suicide. When people are going through stuff they don’t want to hear scriptures and promises they infuriate me personally. I believed the Bible and my life proves it to not be true for everyone.

    1. Patrice, just what has happened to you in the past year? Isn’t it possible that outside events have impacted on you that have little or nothing to do with you accepting God? Is it possible you were a bit conflicted over that decision and that affected your life? God will NOT betray you.

  9. Alicia,
    God is so pleased that you have passion and desire to use your gifts. He has great plans for you. The greater the plan He has, the more opposition; so when you see other people already blessed and not having the trouble you have, it may be because of this.
    God is not in a hurry though, and it’s more important to Him that He forms His character in us — that we become secure in who we are in Christ and not think “I’ll be somebody when I attain these goals”. I am talking to myself right now too , not just you.
    I have very strong gifts in art and poetry , and I believe I’m gifted musically but that gift has been so viciously atracked in my life — kept down — and I don’t even know how to tell others about it. As for art — that’s a long story but I’m 52 and finally started taking painting classes in 2014 . I started my own art business and have had some decent accomplishments with that — but going so slow in my opinion. So much obstacles and opposition— some from the enemy, some inside me.
    I’m reminding myself today that I need to look to God and let Him work in me that security in Him.
    I also need to be careful what I speak — decree positive things — productivity and progress— not “everything is going so slow”
    I hope this is helpful to you in some way and I’m saying a prayer for you.
    You are not a failure Sweetie. Not at all. Don’t give up on your dreams.

  10. I used to be very introvert. As I grew up I learned to step out more. I had high expectations for myself and have fallen short of them more times than I can count. from my college years to now. I am about to be 30 and I still am not making enough to live on my own, don’t even have a salary job or a job in the careers I have been chasing for the past years. While it seems all my friends/family are getting blessed with one thing after the other, I am struggling to just get by. it used to not be very hard for me to stave of my self consciousness, remorse at my failures, etc. but as I get older it seemed to have become harder. Actually I notice that I still seem to have a problem comparing myself to others. It has become difficult to see myself as anything more than average joe and not getting any better or really being able to reach little more than a taste of things(careers and goals) that have made me feel like I am doing what God has given me such a passion to do. As I am typing this, my eyes are just drying up from a little despair I was feeling. All my friends/family who is younger than me are more successful than me right now. What am I doing wrong or missing?
    I do like to use logistics, so I try to say things like ‘ If I was not meant to be a ——-, then why did he give me the passion for it? God does not loan people talents/gifts/skills just to say they’ll never get to use them.’
    But then I can feel the enemy saying things like, ‘All your talents/gifts/skills are mediocre things that everyone else can do 10 times better anyway.’ And it also feels like the truth because that is how my life thus far has been.
    And then I can notice a pattern: God’s word reminds us to focus on the now and the future. Satan’s word has us focus on the past to try and determine the future. Jesus saw a man named Simon and renamed him Peter because he saw the greatness the man could do, not even caring about what his past was.
    I try to focus on the positives in my life, my own blessings, but sometimes I struggle with even that. Still I try, and pray for a breakthrough. If you think about it, pray that I find the breakthroughs I need, the answers and directions I am looking for. Thank you.

    1. I heard a song today with a great line, “Fear is a liar”. I think we let fear keep us from doing things. Not everyone is a Metropolitan Opera House singer but you can still sing in local church choirs; not everyone is a Picasso but you can still draw for your own pleasure; you get the idea. Of course you need an income job to exist but don’t let that necessity keep you from pursuing your passions! And never forget that all those people who seem to have it all and look so happy – well, probably 80-90% of them are not! Pay attention to getting your life stable, one step at a time, and keep the faith.

    2. Oh Ms Alicia, you are not mediocre. The reason the battle is strong against you in your mind is because you are a threat to the enemy. I know how you feel now, but if you can continue getting into agreement with your Heavenly Father and what He says about you, you will see change. You must say what is truth over your life, regardless to how it seems now. Remember that what the devil is magnifying is a lie. God put passion in your heart for His will, and you will accomplish everything that He has equipped you to do. You are unique and one of a kind and you are to be compared to no one because you are an original and God made you just as you are. Stir up your faith honey and trust and believe God again, knowing that He chooses you. The earth is waiting for you, don’t keep us waiting. Know who you are and who’s you are. You are complete in Christ and you lack nothing!

    3. Dear Alicia,
      I just now read what you wrote about yourself and the struggles you have had. Your story sounds so similar to my daughter’s experience. She is now 27 and just graduated from college in Dec. 2017. Like you, she has struggled with comparing herself to all those who seem to be doing so much better with their lives. So I will say to you what I have said to her…You have a GOOD Heavenly Papa who celebrates His creation of you. You are His masterpiece; and you are like no other. There is a very special calling on you to make a difference with the gifts and talents He has placed within you. Because you belong to Him, He says you are a NEW creature and the old has passed away.
      My unrelenting prayer for my daughter and for you, Alicia, is that you will have the grace to let go of the ‘old’ in order to take hold of the NEW season that your GOOD Father is bringing you into…and that you will begin to see yourself the way that He sees you! Agree with what God says about you and stop listening to the lies of the enemy. Remember WHO it is that lives within you, Alicia!
      JESUS, I ask according to Your Word in Eph.3:16-21, that Your daughter, Alicia, would be rooted deep in Your love for her. I ask that Alicia would really come to know and experience for herself Your amazing love for her! I ask that she will be FILLED with the richest measure of Your divine presence, and become one who is wholly filled and flooded with GOD Himself!

  11. King David literally experienced Jehovah in his life that God lived in his heart thank you for sharing those scriptures. Jesus said blessed are those who hear the word of God and obey.

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  13. I feel u I am very depressed and I do not see the end I am taking medicine but I don’t think it is working a frind sent me this web page we could pray for each other

    1. You are not alone. Finding the right medication can sometimes take several tries. Let your dr know it is not working. Also, ask for a counselor in your area to talk to that has been successful in working with depressed people. They can teach you things you can do to help. If you get very depressed and need to talk to someone right away you can call the National Suicide lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or web chat at http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

    2. Anthony, doctors give medicine to mask the problem, but God is the solution. Get you some anointed worship music, get alone with God and love on Him. Pour your heart before the Lord and tell Him what you desire for Him to do for you and thank Him. God is your peace, He is your deliverer. Everything you need, He has it. I pray you will experience the greatest breakthrough in you life like never before.
      Praying for you. God bless you!

  14. I am suffering from severe depression and have lost all hope. Before my depression, my faith was strong and I didn’t understand how a person could lose all hope. If you have time, will you pray for me.

    In His Grip

    Kim

    1. I will, Kim, and know that you’re not alone. I can understand exactly what you’re saying. I’ve been struggling with depression for the last few months, and I’m usually the one encouraging others who’ve lost hope. In fact, I doubt anyone would guess I’m depressed. I’m telling myself that God has a purpose in how I’m feeling and that I’ll come out of it soon. I’m been pretty numb, no energy, feeling no purpose. Of course, I know the truth, and yet those dark feelings are very real. I’ve only ever experienced brief periods of despair…a week or two maybe, and I can usually point to a cause. This is getting a little scary, though. I’ve felt like I’m coming out of it…then it cycles back again. As I said, I truly believe the Lord is working. I just needed to tell you that you’re not alone in this. There are many others of us with you. I’m about to print out these scriptures and keep them in front of me. A big hug for you:)

      1. Heather, sometimes I think we suffer so we can empathize with and support other depression sufferers, so I guess that’s something good coming from it, I don’t know. I only know that once we start we go deeper and the deeper we go the harder it is to climb out. I’m just glad that we do eventually get out so try to keep that in the forefront of your thoughts, find some comfort in the scriptures and what is shared here, and remember that God will not abandon you.

        Blessings

  15. Thank you Lord for your word,and l receive it all In the name of Jesus!! I now have casted oiut the spirit of depression and anxiety. Now I must keep it away!

  16. Please pray for me that the lord will give me eternal peace, my husband has decided to divorce me. Please pray that the lord will soften his heart and he will understand the value of our vows.

  17. Very inspiring and educative to Christians, I love it

  18. Thank you Lord for your word and l recieve it all In the name of Jesus!!

  19. Wow!!! Truly profound wisdom and knowledge. With the Lord age doesn’t mean anything and you have a supernatural knowledge well beyond your years Jessie!!! God bless you and protect your heart, mind, soul, and spirit. I want you to keep this awesome power that is inside of you.

    I’d like to add the following to your post…..

    I have learned in my life that there is always something positive you can be thankful for. I mean for instance, what would someone do if all they had was $5 and had to pay for oxygen to breath? Hey….it could be a lot worse!!!

    We all have struggles and mine is. O greater than yours or vice versa. However….GREATER IS HE WHO IS IN ME THAN THE DEVIL WHO
    IS OUT TO GET ME!!!!

    Happiness is a frame of mind and it is that simple! If you want to be delivered you will be. Take authority over the enemy in the name of Jesus and kick him out of your life! The word says resists the devil and he will flee. I know of what I speak. Believe me I could have a huge pitty party if I chose to but would good come from that???? Absolutely not!!!! I am an overcomer by the blood of the lamb and the word of my testimony.

    There is hope!!!

    In the mighty name of Jesus, I come against every demonic strategy assigned to the people of God here in this thread. I tell you now devil that you have no authority! All authority belongs to Jesus Christ who defeated you on the cross. We are saved by his blood. We are set free from all of your devices by his blood. No weapon that you have formed against anyone represented here will prosper in the name of Jesus. I bind and cast out the spirits of depression, suicide, fear, anxiety, and religion into the abyss with no recourse or retaliation in the name of Jesus. I call forth the power of the Holy Ghost to fill each and every person with the same power that raised Christ Jesus from the dead. The Lord says you shall live and declare the works of the Lord! He that the son has set free is free indeed!!! Now, confess your freedom in Christ and walk each day in the power and authority given to you through the shed blood of Jesus.

    Amen!!!!

    Praise your name Jesus. To you be all glory honor and praise. The name that is above all names!!!! The name of Jesus! Demons tremble and flee at the name of Jesus. The dead are called back to life in the name of Jesus. The blind see in the name of Jesus. The deef hear and the lame walk in the name of Jesus. We are fully and completely restored in the name of Jesus!

    WE ARE MORE THAN CONQUERORS IN THE NAME OF JESUS!!!!

    1. Telling someone depressed it could be worse is horrible and stupid it could be better also!! Loose the crazy 5 dollar story not helpful. You and your pitty party thoughts are depressing!

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